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Steven Wise and Chris Hegedus at the premiere of


People upset about gorilla’s death may want to see ‘Unlocking the Cage’ at the Coolidge

Steven Wise, a BU Law School grad who runs the Nonhuman Rights Project Inc., talks about the shocking events at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Patriots’ Edelman and Gronk live it up on Nantucket

There are always a few familiar faces at Figawi, the annual regatta from Hyannis to Nantucket that’s held over the Memorial Day weekend.

Tuesday’s guide of TV and radio highlights

A look at what’s on the air Tuesday.

Daily guide of TV and radio highlights

What’s on the air Monday.

Janelle Monáe performs at Boston Calling.

Music review

Boston Calling’s final downtown round a moveable feast of sounds

There was plenty worth seeing on the festival’s final day at City Hall Plaza. It moves to Allston in 2017.

Julian Edelman at Boston Calling Saturday.


Julian Edelman backs Tom Brady at Boston Calling

The Patriots receiver took to the stage Saturday and, mike in hand, yelled “Free Brady!” The crowd went wild.

Amy Schumer.


Quote of the day: Amy Schumer

Schumer, addressing body shamers in the caption of a picture of her wearing a bathing suit.

From left: MGH president Dr. Peter Slavin, Jonathan Kraft, Dr. Joan Steitz, Robert Kraft, and Dr. Daniel Haber.


Robert, Jonathan Kraft recognize cancer researchers

The Krafts visited MGH last week for the Kraft Prize Symposium’s recognition of scientific luminaries.

From left: Joe Mazzei, Matt Siegel, and Barbara Ray in Kingston.


Kiss 108’s Matt Siegel officiates at colleague’s wedding

The “Matty in the Morning” host was on hand for the wedding of Joe Mazzei and Barbara Ray in Kingston.

Participants in the 12th annual Run to Remember.


Run to Remember participants step up for a good cause

Sunday’s charity race was sponsored by the Boston Police Department and the Boston Police Runners Club.

Frank Vellaccio, senior vice president at Holy Cross, bestowed an honorary degree upon actress Ann Dowd.


Holy Cross honors actress Ann Dowd

Dowd received an honorary doctor of fine arts degree at her alma mater’s 170th commencement.

Evan Peters (playing Quicksilver), in a scene from ‘‘X-Men: Apocalypse.”


Johnny Depp’s ‘Alice’ bombs, ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ on top with $65M

Johnny Depp’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” took in just $28.1 million through Sunday in North American theaters.

“The Reader” by Bernhard Schlink.

Match book: Gift ideas for page-averse pals

What books can you buy for someone who doesn’t read regularly?

“There Is a Tribe of Kids,” by Lane Smith.

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Walking with the animals in ‘There Is a Tribe of Kids’

A review of the picture book by Lane Smith.

Sebastian Smee | Frame by Frame

Meaning and nothingness in ‘Study of a Cloudy Sky’

John Constable conveyed the unadorned beauty of nature, the transience of light, the continuous, shifting mystery of atmosphere.

Michael Andor Brodeur | @Large

Please don’t call the early Web ‘Brutalist’

A wave of “Brutalist Websites” give new life to the old Web.

Novelist Askold Melnyczuk is a UMass Boston writing teacher.


A coming-of-age story of a Cambridge teen and his pregnant girlfriend

Jonathan Wainwright is 15 and acts precipitously, with real-life consequences, in Askold Melnyczuk’s novel.

From left: Vanessa Kirby, Emily Watson, Ian McKellen, and Anthony Hopkins in “The Dresser.”

TV Critic’s Corner

In ‘The Dresser,’ a lion in winter

Featuring Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen, it’s rich in commanding, frightening, and sad performances.

Pamela Wechsler has a three-book deal and will be a writer and co-producer of a new CBS series.

Pamela Wechsler’s career has wound through the courts, Hollywood, and now novels

She spent about 20 years as a prosecutor, but now she has a three-book deal and will be a writer and co-producer of a new CBS series.

Photos from Boston Calling

The seventh outing of the Boston Calling Music Festival concluded on Sunday.

Zac Efron took the ‘‘High School Musical’’ trilogy all the way to actual cinemas.

Eight key elements in every Disney Channel Original Movie

From “High School Musical” to “Zenon” to “The Color of Friendship,” here’s a stroll down memory lane.

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

Emilia Clarke says next few ‘Game of Thrones’ episodes are a turning point for Daenerys

“The next episodes might be a real turning point as she is about to make a real move toward the Targaryen in her blood,” Clarke said.

Mindy Kaling.


Quote of the day: Mindy Kaling

Kaling, joking that she once kidnapped one of the New Kids on the Block.

Mark Salling.

Ex-‘Glee’ star Mark Salling indicted on child-porn charges

Mark Salling, who played Noah “Puck” Puckerman on “Glee,” was charged Friday with receiving and possessing child pornography.

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2013 file photo, the Library of Congress is seen in Washington. Congress may not be able to reform the immigration system, fix the broken tax code or even pass a budget. But it’s telling the Library of Congress how to label immigrants living in the country illegally. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Lawmakers want Library of Congress to use ‘illegal aliens’

It’s the first time in history that Congress has introduced legislation regarding subject headings.

Sia performed at Boston Calling on Friday night.

Quirk and quality at Boston Calling’s opening night

The opening night of the final Boston Calling festival to be held at City Hall Plaza was compact in size, but expansive in style.

Yang Jiang, at 104; wrote iconic memoir of Cultural Revolution

Mr. Yang’s stoically restrained memoir remains one of the most revered works about that period.

The most intimidating Spelling Bee champion you’ll ever see

Nihar Janga appeared primarily focused on letting a national television audience know that he’s not a young man to be trifled with.


Exclusive sneak peek: NKOTB’s ‘Rock This Boat’

The second season of the show premieres Wednesday on Pop.

Dmytro Pavlyuk (center) in the title role of Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov,” staged by Commonwealth Lyric Theater.

Opera Review

Mussorgsky’s Russian epic, compact but potent in Newton

The Commonwealth Lyric Theater mounted a fully staged production of “Boris Godunov” in Newton’s City Hall.

The crowd danced to music by Lizzo during Boston Calling Music Festival at City Hall Plaza on Saturday.

Live Updates

Scenes from Boston Calling

The seventh year of the festival began on City Hall Plaza Friday night.

Brett Donahue, as JFK Jr., on the set of “The Kennedys – After Camelot” in Toronto.


Canadian actor channels his inner JFK Jr.

Brett Donahue is playing John F. Kennedy Jr. in the Reelz miniseries “The Kennedys — After Camelot.”

A four-track EP contains the first new music from Julian Casablancas and the Strokes since 2013.


Strokes resurrected on ‘Future Present Past’ EP

With its idiosyncratic blend of spiraling guitar riffs, fuzzy vocals, and grimy insouciance, the band is still tied to the early aughts.

Charlie Kravetz (left) and Marty Baron at the WBUR gala.


WBUR honors former Globe editor

Marty Baron received a medal at the radio station’s gala Wednesday.

Sumner Redstone.

Mass. court will hear suit against Redstone

A judge has set June 7 as the date for the first hearing in a legal battle over Sumner Redstone’s $40 billion media empire.

Oprah Winfrey cheering at the Wellesley College commencement ceremony Friday.


Guess who was at Wellesley College’s commencement?

Yes, Oprah Winfrey was in attendance, but no, she wasn’t there to receive an honorary degree or to share words of wisdom with grads.


MIT thriller acquired by producer of ‘The Equalizer’

Alex Siskin discovered Matthew Pearl’s “The Technologists” during the making of “The Equalizer,” which was filmed in Mass.

Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg (left) and Bob Mehr, author of “Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements.”


Replacements’ story finally gets told

Bob Mehr, who penned the book “Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements,” comes to Berklee’s Cafe 939 to talk about it.

Johnny Depp with Amber Heard at the Venice International Film Festival.


Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp assaulted her

Things are getting ugly between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. TMZ reports that Heard filed for divorce from Depp Monday.

Fans at Boston Calling last September. The festival will relocate to Allston in 2017.

Boston Calling music fest finds new home in Allston

The popular music festival will move to grounds owned by Harvard University, expanding its offerings to include a film festival curated by Natalie Portman.

Sarah Silverman performed in Los Angeles in March.


Sarah Silverman takes Drake’s crush in stride

The comedian talked to Seth Meyers about her reaction to Drake posting a picture of her on Instagram.

In this Monday, May 9, 2016, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un listens during the party congress in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has brought in more than 100 journalists from around the world to make sure that the 7th Congress of its ruling Workers' Party gets global attention. Four days into the event, they allowed a small number of foreign journalists into the convention hall where the congress was taking place. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

How a member of North Korea’s Kim dynasty joined middle America

Kim Jong Un’s aunt, who once took care of him while he was at school, now lives the American Dream.

A Cirque du Soleil performer greets visitors at the venue’s entrance.


Cirque du Soleil’s draws a crowd on opening night

Everyone loves a spectacle and Cirque du Soleil’s latest production is certainly that.

Above: the library court at the Yale Center for British Art.


Yale Center for British Art reopens

The Yale Center for British Art unveils its new look after an 16-month renovation.

Martial arts movies playing at Kendall Square this summer include “Dragon Inn.”

A pile of kung fu movies will make this a kickin’ summer

For longtime attendees of the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s midnight movie series, next month’s selection of martial arts features from the 70s and 80s will represent a return to form.

Ian McKellen (left) plays Anthony Hopkins’s dresser at a production of “King Lear” during World War II.

Television Review

In ‘The Dresser,’ no solace for the man behind the man

A new adaptation on Starz, starring Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen, is rich in commanding, frightening, and sad performances.